Pete and Laura Walkman, founders of Great Harvest Bread Co., began baking bread in the 1970s to help pay their way through college. When their loaves began to pick up notoriety across Montana, the couple opened multiple Great Harvest locations, expanding to more than 200 bakeries all over the country within 30 years. At each location, chefs combine the Great Harvest's venerated, additive-free recipes with their own to craft a heart-healthy assortment of whole-grain breads and baked goods using fresh-ground flour and local honey. Each month brings a newly designed menu that employs the season's freshest ingredients and harvests the warmest loaves from bread-bearing trees.
Kathleen's cookies are not just her own—they're the result of the hard work and traditions carried on by five generations. Inspired by her grandmother, who made traditional Belgium cookies only once a year that were cherished by the whole family, Kathleen worked with fragmented recipes to develop her own version of the crispy treats. After a year of hard work, she started Kathleen's Kookies with her signature Malvinas, named after her grandmother. Aiming to keep the family's traditions alive, she crafts the cherished cookies year-round to share with others, packaged inside pretty baskets, boxes, and foreclosed doll houses.
Perched above LA Café’s bar, the polished chrome on a quartet of motorcycles reflects the light of electric blue neon into the dining room below. There’s a timelessness to the scene, which simultaneously evokes thoughts of a 50's diner, homestyle comfort, and James Dean’s rebellious charisma. But don’t get swept away by nostalgia, as the food served in this classic American atmosphere is worldly and modern—the dinner menu features baked brie and Mediterranean style penne pasta right alongside a 12-ounce center-cut new york strip steak. An array of wines join domestic and imported beers and specialty cocktails to tackle the task of ensuring that every bit of hearty fare get washed down properly. LA Café stays active in the community by occasionally organizing special events, such as summertime motorcycle rides.
Standing in a smoky kitchen, with fine particles of coffee chaff drifting through the air, Darrin knew he had found his calling. It all began with a book, in which Starbucks chief Howard Schultz describes his first taste of freshly roasted coffee. For Darrin, it was as an epiphany: he had to give coffee roasting a shot. And so, standing in his kitchen with whisk in hand, he roasted the first of many batches of coffee.
Fast forward to today, and Darrin's motto is simple: to roast the best coffee possible. At Darrin's Coffee Co., he roasts a handful of different coffees as often as James Bond hires a new martini maker: weekly. Darrin then sells the resulting blends in 6- or 12-ounce bags. Brewed varieties include dark espresso, creamy lattes, and the grasshopper—a blend of green coffee, chocolate, and vanilla.
After graduating from England's Southampton University, Jacqueline Bols began her culinary career in the French and Italian rivieras, serving her creations on private yachts in Cannes, Monaco, and Saint-Tropez. Later, she catered American events, earning the Charles Heidsieck Award for Culinary Excellence and serving her feasts to such famed diners as Oprah Winfrey, Sean Connery, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kevin Costner.
In 2001, Jacqueline opened Jacquie’s Café & Gourmet Catering, drawing on modern French cuisine and local and organic ingredients to craft in-house breakfasts and lunches as well as catered meals. In quarters ornamented with photographs and oil paintings, guests can dine on handcrafted yogurt parfaits, homemade soups, or smoked turkey, brie, and apple sandwiches. The catering arm of the outfit fashions hors d'oeuvres, à la carte items, and boxed lunches for private events, as well as corporate breakfast and lunch dishes, which distract employees from the daily grind of prank faxing competitor companies.
An 1872 Victorian home sets the stage for Simply Sweet Shoppe's misty, nostalgic world of handmade chocolate truffles, bulk bins full of colorful candies, and the smell of freshly baked cookies, muffins, and scones. Displays of ten-cent candies and retro sweets evoke the image of a simpler time, when men still wore hats and "horse chestnuts" was still considered a curseword. Guests dine on savory panini sandwiches on the sunny patio, or sip cups of Hubbard & Cravens coffee as they admire the gift baskets and confectioneries from local candysmiths such as Indiana Artisans. The array of goodies satisfies any sweet tooth, whether it desires the cold creamy texture of gelato and sorbets, the frozen fruitiness of smoothies, or the wholesome sweetness of fresh baked goods.